Maybe she managed to hide herself… She survived Crastor, and he was the worst shit I’ve ever met. She survived the long march to the Wall. She survived a White Walker for fuck’s sake!
She might have got out.

~Men of the Night’s Watch talking about Gilly’s odds of surviving the wildling sack of Mole’s Town.

For some reason this little talk the guys at Castle Black (which is turning into the zombie movie wrapped inside the fantasy film that is Game of Thrones) made me really happy.

Maybe because it’s one of the only times I recall the men in the show discussing a woman that didn’t involve sex. Not just that, but acknowledging that Gilly, soft spoken as she is, is tough as nails and resourceful.

Or maybe it was because it shut up Sam, who was busy making the probable death of a very nice girl and her infant son at the hands of cannibals all about him, and how he felt responsible.


Pink Stops Show To Comfort Crying Child

Rocker/popster Pink may come off as one tough cookie, but it turns out the singer has an endearing soft side when it comes to her youngest fans. At her show in Philadelphia Sunday night, the singer stopped her set to comfort a little girl crying in the audience.

Pink, who was in the middle of a song, noticed the distraught child, and told her guitar player to “hold on a second.”

She called out: “Is everything okay right here? Is this little girl all right?”

Turns out the child was upset by a fight in the crowd. “Y'all are fighting around a little girl?” Pink–who is the mother of a nearly 2-year-old daughter–said incredulously.

She then walked to the edge of the stage, and offered the girl a stuffed frog toy and a Rice Krispy treat, telling her “you look beautiful!” Awww.

The youngster was too shy to come up and get the goodies, but those in front handed them back to her, to much cheers from the audience. See for yourselves:



Kdrama Women’s Week || Day Two: Favorite Female Driven/Dominated Kdrama


It feels almost like I’m cheating to pick this show after all the squeeing I did about it, but I’m going to pick it anyway. I like action/adventure/thriller-type dramas, but one of my major complaints about them is how few women there tend to be in them. But not Healer. No, Healer decided to fill its ranks with women in all sorts of roles, whether or not they were conventional fits for them, and it was all the better for it.

Young-shin started out at as a website tabloid reporter with big dreams, and she gave everything she had to be the best at her job. Her compassion, her courage in the face of fear, her ability to improvise, her determination to protect others, and her desire to find out the truth won me over in short order.

Min-ja, the forty-nine-year-old, knitting, kimbap-making, frumpy-clothes-wearing, genius hacker, was a delight. Throughout the show she projected the air of a woman who did precisely what she wanted and was damn good at doing it. Her skills were invaluable to our heroes, and without her help and guidance, they never would have been able come close to winning. And let’s not forget that she used to be the leader of a cybercrimes team before her days as Healer’s hacker.

And then there’s Myung-hee, who spent her youth as a reporter and activist who ran an illegal radio station, who suffered and lost many things in her and her friends’ pursuit of a better society, who eventually remarried to a dear friend as part of rebuilding her life. Myung-hee, who picked up on the clues that her second husband was shady and at great personal risk yet again hunted for the truth, who said thank you for twenty years, but I am leaving when she discovered the evil in her home, who reunited with her daughter after twenty years and loved her with everything she had.

The show might have been named after the Healer, Jung-hoo, but Young-shin, Min-ja, Myung-hee, and even Min-jae and Dae-yong had crucial roles to play in the story.

(Photo credits: Dramabeans)

Runners-up: Dalja’s Spring, Dream High, Can We Get Married?, Secret Love Affair

I love the way Wicked portrays two very different ideals of feminine strength: you have Elphaba, who rebels against the world in order to fight the evils she sees, and on the other hand you have Glinda who works within the messed up system in order to shape the world into a less miserable place. Neither is better, and neither is worse. Two sides are still the same coin.


Kdrama Women’s Week || Day Five: Inspirational Character of Choice

Oh Doo-ri from What’s Up!

I’ve lived most of my life within the boundaries of other people’s expectations, which is one of the reasons I love Doo-ri so much. She had played the role her mother expected for most of her life, but when college and the opportunity to publicly be the person she truly was presented itself, Doo-ri went for it. She cut her hair, she changed her clothes, and she completely dropped her sweet and innocent façade. And it wasn’t easy, either, not when her mother showed up at school and Doo-ri had to fight to not be cowed back into being her mother’s doll.

Doo-ri was blunt and honest and allowed herself the freedom of simply not caring what other people thought of her. She made friends—most notably with Tae-hee and Byung-gun—and fell in love. (For the record, her defense of Tae-hee re: Jae-hun’s idiocy is one of my favorite mama bear moments in kdrama.) She played video games, played the drums until the drumsticks broke, created a scandal, wrote a musical, and broke her own heart.

Doo-ri grabbed hold of life with both hands and went after everything she wanted. If only I could be that courageous.

(Photo credits: Dramabeans)

Runners-up: Webtoon Editor from Flower Boy Next Door, Arang from Arang and the Magistrate, Pil-sook from Dream High

They were dreamer-women.

Very dangerous women.

Who looked at the world through their wide dreamer eyes and saw it not as it was, “brutal, senseless,” etc., but worse, as it might be or might yet become.

So, insatiable women.

Un-pleasable women.

Who wanted above all things what could not be had. Not what they could not have– no such thing for such women– but what wasn’t there to be had in the first place.

—  Taiye Selasi, Ghana Must Go